It’s Bowmageddon – Gitty Goes Crazy With a Violin Bow!

Cigar Box Nation TV – The BOWING Episode!In this episode of Cigar Box Nation TV, Ben Gitty attacks pretty much everything he can find with violin bows… from a dulcimer (it’s still Dulcimer Week here on CBN TV!) to a one-string Vaudeville fiddle, a one-string gutbucket bass to a banjo… and then it gets weird: metal trash can lid, steel dust pan, and even a 21″ brass cymbal!

Other highlights include a cover of A. J. Gaither’s song “Last Free Exit” (complete with kazoo solo), a replay of Shane and Ben discovering the HORSE FIDDLE in a museum in York, PA and more!

Posted by Cigar Box Nation on Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cigar Box Nation TV Broadcast – A. J. Gaither Live!

Check out this recent Cigar Box Nation TV broadcast, featuring A. J. Gaither live from the C. B. Gitty Juke Shack Stage!

Cigar Box Nation TV broadcasts on FaceBook daily during the week at 12 Noon, plus extra special broadcasts like this concert. Be sure to like the Cigar Box Nation Facebook Page and subscribe to live broadcast notifications to make sure you never miss our live events!

New Knowledgebase Entry: How Cigar Box Guitar Tuners Work

Glenn Watt in the C. B. Gitty ShopGlenn Watt has been busy cranking out fantastic new cigar box guitar how-to articles for us lately. This latest one goes in-depth on open-gear tuners (machine heads) commonly used on cigar box guitars. Their parts, how they are best installed, and pitfalls to avoid. Glenn even shows you a great trick on how to switch the alignment of one of these little babies.

New How-to Knowledgebase Entry: 4-string Cigar Box Guitar Tunings

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Click on the image above to view the knowledgebase entry.

We just added a new video entry to the knowledgebase here on – a video excerpt from a Cigar Box Nation TV episode in which A. J. Gaither and Ben “Gitty” Baker discuss two great tenor guitar tunings for 4-string cigar box guitars: “Arkansas Tenor” (low E, A, D, G) and “Chicago Tenor” (D, G, B, E).

Both tunings allow you to use partial 6-string guitar chords – Ben even shows you how to use 6-string chord forms with them.

New How-To Plans: Build a Cigar Box Tambourine!

Ben Gitty Baker and his Cigar Box TambourineEver wondered what to do with those wide, flat and thin cigar boxes? Well wonder no more! In this article, Ben “Gitty” Baker shows you how he turned just such a box into a playable cigar box tambourine!

It only took him about 30 minutes to whip this tambourine together, and there is a lot of room for experimentation and improvement, and even possibility of using all reclaimed items! Check it out and post pictures of your creations over at!

New How-to from Glenn Watt: Installing a Mini Humbucker in a Cigar Box Guitar

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Click the image to view the full article.

In this new knowledgebase entry, Glenn walks you through installing a C. B. Gitty Snake Oil Mini Humbucker in a cigar box guitar. As his example guitar he uses one of the popular “Mi Amor” 3-string CBGs that he designed. Color photos illustrate each step of the process with explanatory text.

If you have been wondering about how to dive into using mini humbuckers on your special builds, this is for you!

How to Build a Simple Cigar Box Guitar, Start to Finish – by Glenn Watt

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Glenn has been working hard creating great content and posting it on his blog over at, and this latest contribution definitely raises the bar. In this post, Glenn walks you through building a simple 3-string cigar box guitar from start to finish, with clear instructions and photos for every step of the way.

Topics covered in this walk-through include:

  • The tools and parts you’ll need (with suggestions on where to get them)
  • Marking and cutting the cigar box
  • Forming and fitting the neck
  • Installing hardware
  • Stringing and tuning

Glenn has a very low-key, approachable teaching style and way of explaining things that may seem complex at first. So if you have been thinking about building your first cigar box guitar, check these plans out and you’ll be well on your way. While you’re there, be sure to look at some of the other how-to resources Glenn has, including other how-to-build articles and videos, and also a growing library of how-to-play resources as well.

How to Install a Pre-wired Single-coil Pickup Harness in Cigar Box Guitars

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This new how-to guide, written by Glenn Watt, walks you through installing one of C. B. Gitty’s Pre-wired 4-pole and 6-pole Magnetic Pickup Harnesses.

This guide has a lot of photos, and shows you what size holes to cut and drill, how to deal with neck-through builds, considerations for where to put volume and tone knobs, and more. Glenn’s